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Peter Jeffrey: ‘Haiku Thoughts’ and ‘La Grande Odalisque’

Haiku Thoughts Haiku aren’t much chop Unless they’re in Japanese, This one proves my point. Even in Japan A native speaker told me, Haiku are low art. Hokusai is not A haiku, he’s a tiger Smiling in the snow. Peter Jeffrey   La Grande Odalisque by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres Serene, seductive, serpentine, The French curves of your back define The line of beauty, Hogarth’s line. Geometry transcending time Defies mundane anatomy, As lapped in Orient luxury And dreaming sensuality You gaze into infinity. Peter Jeffrey  

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